Springton, South Australia

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South Australia
Springton is located in South Australia
Coordinates 34°42′31″S 139°05′24″E / 34.7085°S 139.0901°E / -34.7085; 139.0901Coordinates: 34°42′31″S 139°05′24″E / 34.7085°S 139.0901°E / -34.7085; 139.0901
Population 607 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5235
Location 20 km (12 mi) E of Williamstown
LGA(s) Barossa Council
State electorate(s) Schubert
Federal Division(s) Mayo
Localities around Springton:
Flaxman Valley Taunton, Eden Valley Eden Valley
Mount Crawford Springton Sanderston
Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant Milendella

Springton is a settlement in South Australia.[2] At the 2011 census, Springton had a population of 607.[1] It draws its name from Springs Dairy which was on the site before the town subdivision was surveyed.[3]

There is a large hollow red gum tree on the outskirts of the town. This tree was used as the first home in South Australia of Friedrich Herbig when he migrated from Germany in 1855. He married three years later and his first two children were born in the tree before he built a hut nearby in 1860. The tree is known as the Herbig Family Tree.[4]

Springton includes the former village of Friedensberg less than two kilometres south of the Springton township.[5] The village had a Lutheran Church (1861–1899), school (1861–1913) and cemetery. The building is now used as a museum.[6] All of Friedrich Herbig's children and almost half of his grandchildren attended the school.[7]

Another of the early pioneer families in the area was the Polden family, who also settled in the nearby Mount Pleasant and Mount Crawford areas from the 1840s.[citation needed]

Springton is in the Eden Valley wine region.[8]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Springton". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 April 2016.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "2905.0 - Statistical Geography: Volume 2 -- Census Geographic Areas, Australia, 2006". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Placename Details: Springton". Property Location Browser. Land Services Group, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Government of South Australia. 19 March 2010. SA0064164. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Herbig Family Tree". South Australian Tourism Commission. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Placename Details: Friedensberg". Property Location Browser Report. Government of South Australia, Land Services. 25 October 2006. SA0005270. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Friedensberg Early German School Museum, Springton". SACommunity. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  7. ^ D. Nutting (2001). "Friedensberg Church and School". German Australia. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Eden Valley Wine Region (map)" (PDF). Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of SA. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2015.